Sixteen teams from twelve European countries selected for the Moot Court Competition on the European Convention on Human Rights

The final round of the third edition of the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition will take place from 23 to 25 February 2015 at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Sixteen university teams from twelve countries (Austria, Croatia, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) have been selected following the written round of the competition.

The competition simulates the procedure of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights. 106 teams from 30 European countries have competed in a fictive case regarding minorities, in particular LGBT reproductive and parenting rights. The 16 selected teams will plead the case during the final round at the European Court of Human Rights to win a traineeship at the Court.

The Moot Court Competition aims at giving law students, who are future lawyers or judges, practical experience on the European Convention on Human Rights and its implementation.

The competition is organised by the European Law Students Association (ELSA) with the support of the Council of Europe. ELSA is an independent and non-profit organisation representing 40 000 students, located in 300 universities in 42 European countries.

Several countries from the Council of Europe have financially contributed to the organisation of this third competition, in particular Belgium, the current Chair of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, the United Kingdom and Norway.

Team from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens wins 2015 edition

Strasbourg, 26.02.2015 - Students from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) were declared winners of the third edition of the European Moot Court Competition in English on the European Convention on Human Rights, after beating a team from the University of Essex (United Kingdom) in the final round. The Best Orator prize was awarded to Myrto Stavridi, also from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

The Best Respondent Written Submission prize was given to the teams from the University of Essex (United Kingdom) and from the Democritus University of Thrace (Greece).

The Best Applicant Written Submission prize was awarded to two teams: the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Tilburg University (the Netherlands).

The final round took place at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on 25 February and its jury, made up of prominent figures, including judges of the Court and academics, was chaired by Robert Spano, judge at the European Court of Human Rights.

The competition simulates the procedure of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights. Sixteen university teams from twelve countries (Austria, Croatia, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) pleaded a fictive case regarding minorities, in particular LGBT reproductive and parenting rights. (more...)

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The European Law Students' Association is an independent, non-profit, non-political association run by and for law students and young lawyers. ELSA comprises a membership of 38,000 students and recent graduates. ELSA operates primarily through its local groups, which are located at close to 300 universities throughout 41 countries in Europe. Contributing to legal education and promoting human rights awareness are among the central aims of ELSA. The Council of Europe has had a partnership agreement with ELSA since 2008.

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